The Pediatric Pulmonary Unit cares for children with asthma, cystic fibrosis and different types of lung diseases, who are hospitalized in Meyer Children's Hospital in the Rambam Healthcare Campus. The unit conducts diagnostic tests for lung function, diagnostic bronchoscopy, including ciliary's biopsy, ruling out the presence of foreign objects, cultures and anatomic surveys to detect congenital deformities, sweat tests, bronchial provocation test including exercise and methacholine tests, and saturation measurement at rest and during exercise.
The unit team uses the latest technologies and techniques for diagnosis and treatment of children, including computer game-driven lung function tests, methacholine challenge tests during exercise in pre-school-age children, NO testing to detect and monitor asthma, and advanced sound-wave-based imaging techniques. A special tracheostomy clinic is also operated under the auspices of the unit, which is unique to the Rambam Healthcare Campus and includes adapting mechanical support devices to children.
The unit team participates in a number of leading studies in its field, including comparisons between bronchial provocation tests during exercise and methacholine challenge testing in pre-school-age children, new approaches to lung function testing in children, and more.